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We are shocked and devastated by the senseless crime motivated by hatred and racism that was committed in our community on June 6. We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed, and wish a full recovery to the surviving young boy who remains in hospital. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim partners, colleagues, clients, friends, and neighbours in rejecting Islamophobia in all forms, and demanding better for our community. Hatred has no place here. It diminishes every one of us. Each of us shares the responsibility for putting an end to it. We recognize that as members of the legal profession, our share of that responsibility is heightened. This unspeakable crime strikes at the very core of the Muslim community’s sense of security and will have a lasting impact. Although this tragedy can never be undone, we believe the goodness in our city will prevail. We commit to be better for each other, to demand better from each other and to share love, kindness and tolerance with one another. We must stand together to build a safer, more inclusive community for all.

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Ontario’s energy intensive industries have finally been permitted to burn many kinds of waste, in place of coal. Cement companies, among others, are now looking for sufficient quantities of eligible biomass they can dry and burn to fuel their kilns. With cap and trade on the way, this is an important and overdue step to allow Ontario’s Large Final Emitters to reduce their carbon emissions.

O. Reg. 79/15: Alternative Low-Carbon Fuels, allows facilities that otherwise burn coal or coke to apply for permission to burn alternative fuels with a lower carbon dioxide emission intensity. The alternative fuels must be either:

  1. i. not derived from or composed of any material set out in Schedule 1 (25 types of items, which are either recyclable or hazardous, such as tires, are excluded),
    ii. wholly derived from or composed of materials that are biomass or municipal waste or a combination of both, and
    iii. unless the fuel is wholly derived from or composed of materials that are solid biomass, has a high heat value of at least 10,000 megajoules per tonne. OR
  2. wholly derived from or composed of organic matter, not including peat or peat derivatives, derived from a plant or micro-organism and grown or harvested for the purpose of being used as a fuel.

A facility that opts into the new “burn waste not coal” regulatory regime will be not be classified as a waste disposal facility requiring an Environmental Compliance Approval under section 27 of the Environmental Protection Act. It will have to keep detailed records, much like those already required for facilities burning woodwaste.

These facilities will still need air permits under s. 9 of the Environmental Protection Act, to control their air emissions.

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